• Official Launch of the Human Development Report 2015

      United Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia Launched the Human Development Report (HDR) of 2015 on 15th December 2015. The HDR under the theme "Work for Human Development" was launched in Windhoek by the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning, Ms Lucia Iipumbu, the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Africa Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. The report addressed the fundamental questions "How work can be rethought for Human Development and "How to Enrich Human Development". The HDR 2015 also focused on the three basic dimensions: to lead a long and health life, to acquire Knowledge and ability to achieve a decent standard of living. The report highlighted the progress of the Human Development over the past century. Today there are more children going to school, people have access to clean water and good sanitation. The report particularly followed shortly after the UN Sustainable Development Summit adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 8’s explicit emphasis on work: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

    • Visit to Etosha National Park (ENP)

      On 28 August 2015, the UNDP team visited several Government-UNDP/GEF Project sites in Etosha. ENP is Namibia’s oldest National Park. The Park covers an area of 22,270 km2 and is one of Southern Africa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries.

    • UNDP Youth Development Fund Official Launch

      The United Nations Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Wilderness Safari officially launched it s Youth Development Fund of Namibia. The Youth Development Fund is in initiative that was started as a pilot in November 2014 and is aimed at assisting out of school youth for training in field guides courses. The youth are trained by Mr Johan Fourie of Wilderness Safaris and Mr. Siegfriedth Bantu !Aebeb from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service as well as assistance from associates within the Tourism sector. Trainings are conducted at the various Youth centres across the country and participants are unemployed youth from all the 13 Regions of Namibia. Wilderness Safaris has done such trainings in the past but due to financial constraints, had stopped doing so. The increasing need for field guides and increasing unemployment amongst the youth inspired the revival of this training program and gave birth to the Youth Development Fund of Namibia.

      12 08
    • Youth Environment Summit, Waterberg Plateau National Park

      In celebration of the 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre successfully organized and ran the sixth Youth Environmental Summit (YES), co-funded by the German government’s cooperation agency,GIZ, Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and Gobabeb Centre, focusing on biodiversity and sustainable development at the Waterberg Plateau Park.

      30 05
    • Unconventional Landscapes: Protected Areas Expansion in Namibia

      Despite its arid lands, Namibia is rich in biodiversity. To date, it has 20 state-run protected areas comprising nearly 17% of the country’s total land area. These protected areas are a centrepiece of Namibia’s tourism industry, which in turn sustainably supports the country’s economic development.

      20 05
    • 2015 Poverty Mapping and the Namibia Multiple Index of Deprivation Reports Launch

      23 April 2015, the Government of the Republic of Namibia in partnership with UNDP launched the Namibia Poverty Mapping and the Namibia Index on Multiple Deprivation reports. These reports were launched jointly by the Honourable Tom Alweendo, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission and Honourable Zephaniah Kameeta, Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Unlike earlier analyses of poverty in Namibia, the Namibia Poverty Mapping report provides a detailed analysis of spatial distribution of and trends in poverty headcount at regional and constituency levels using a combination of the 2003/04 and 2009/10 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Surveys; and the 2001 and 2011 Namibia Population and Housing census data.

      24 04
    • UNDP Namibia Youth Fund

      The United Nations Development Program in Namibia launched its first ever "Youth Development Fund". This initiative was inspired by the recently launched UNDP Youth Strategy titled, “Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future which was launched in March 2014 in Tunis.

      20 11
    • 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction

      The City of Windhoek and its partners celebrated the 2014 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on the 22 October 2014 at the Katutura Old Age Home. The theme for 2014 is “Resilience is for Life” with a focus on Older People and Disasters. The IDDR aims at celebrating how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction.

      22 10
    • PASS project inception workshop

      The expansion of Namibia’s protected areas has resulted in emerging management challenges like fire outbreaks, Namibia’s vulnerability to the increasing threat of poaching of key species, such as elephants and rhinos. These challenges need to be urgently addressed to enhance the benefits of protected areas network to Namibia’s development.

      16 6
    • UN Secretary-General inaugurate the UN house in Namibia

      The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially inaugurated the United Nations House in Windhoek, Namibia yesterday alongside the President Hifikepunye Pohamba. The Namibian government built the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek to allow for better coordination of UN agencies working in the country.

      24 06
    • UN Secretary-General: remarks at the official inauguration of the UN House in Namibia

      On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to thank the people and the Government of Namibia for this gift to the United Nations. The UN has a valuable history with the Namibian people. I am pleased to be here today to write another chapter in our cooperation. I am also here to show my personal commitment to strengthening UN engagement with the country.

    • Integrating Gender-Based Violence and HIV into National Alcohol Policies

      To date, while national policies may encompass two of the three issues of harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV, the three are rarely addressed together causing a significant gap. Looking at the three issues (GBV, HIV and harmful use of alcohol) we can see that there are varying levels of understanding of the relationship between gender inequality and the three issues of focus in this initiative.

    • Model UN Youth summit on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

      The British High Commission (BHC), the Human Rights Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a Model United Nations (UN) under the theme ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict’ at the UNAM campus on June 7 as part of the pre global summit.

    • Community Capacity Enhancement San community boat handover

      UNDP Namibia in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Local Government Housing and Rural Development, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders (AMICAAL), the Kavango regional council, and the Nkurenkuru Local Authority officially launched the San community boat project in Nkurenkuru last month. This is a cross boarder initiative under the Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) project aimed at providing information on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support while generating income through transportation of people across the Okavango River bordering Namibia and Angola.

      15 april
    • UNDP supporting the Vasdraai resettlement farm

      Many Namibians in rural areas work on commercial farms, privately owned, to earn a living and support their families. For some, this suddenly changed in 1997 when 73 families, who were previously employed as farm workers and squatters on the Seeis farm near Windhoek, were expelled and resettled on the Vasdraai farm.

      13 feb
    • First-ever visit by UNDP Administrator to Namibia

      Dec. 4, Windhoek – On the first day of the first-ever visit by an Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Namibia, Helen Clark assured national authorities of her organization’s strong support to the country, at a time when it’s facing the most debilitating drought in its history.

    • Raising public awarenes on gender-based violence through arts

      The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in partnership with UNDP, UNAIDS and Victims 2 Survivors successfully hosted a national exhibition titled “Unite to end Gender-based Violence (GBV)” from 28 June to 02 August 2013 at the gallery’s premises in Windhoek.

What We Do

UNDP and the Government of Namibia signed a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement on the 22nd March 1990. This Agreement embodied the basic conditions under which the UNDP and its Executing Agencies shall assist the Government in carrying out its development projects, and under which such UNDP-assisted projects shall be executed.


UNDP in supports the Government of Namibia (GRN) in identifying key challenges in meeting its Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals by improving capacities at the national, regional and local levels.

Latest Namibia Report
Human Development Report 2015

The 2015 Human Development Report is the product of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Human development is about anlarging human choices- focusing on the richness lives rather than simply the richness of economies. Critical to this process is work, which engages people all over the world in different ways and takes up a major part of their lives. Of the 7.3 billion people, 3.2 billion are in jobs, and others engage in care work, creative work, voluntary work or other kinds of work or are preparing themselves as future workers.

The Sustainable Development Goal with the most direct implications for sustainable work is goal 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic grouth, full and productive employement, and decent work for all), and its accociated targets, which spell out some of the implications for sustainable work.